Junior J.R. Pinnock, as the Colonials community knows him, will not be returning to play on the GW men’s basketball team. According to a news release by the sports information department, Pinnock’s father recently requested that he go by his birth name Danilo. The name J.R. simply denotes “junior,” because his father’s name is also Danilo.
“I’m Pananmian. J.R. comes from people in the South not knowing how to pronounce (my name),” Pinnock said in an interview Tuesday.
During his sophomore year, Pinnock was one of the most efficient members of the Colonials’ squad. The swingman was second on the team in scoring, throwing down 13.4 points per game and adding 5.1 assists per contest. Pinnock was exceptional from the free throw line, with a 76.6 shooting percentage.